When Professor of Arboriculture Spyros Lionakis announced the age of an ancient tree in Crete, the German hosts of a documentary were speechless. Grigoris and Kriti Maris, owners of the area where this tree grows, treated visitors to the special olives of the ancient tree (stafidolia).
The German ZDF learned about this initiative of preserving and promoting the ancient olive trees on Crete via Internet. They became interested in the ancient trees because they are age-old and still produce olives.
Arte/ZDF is one of Europe’s most renowned TV channels and specializes in travelling documentaries. Over the last few days, the Germans shot many scenic villages of Crete to present the island in their 52-minute documentary. They stayed almost a month on the island and shot in Rethymno, Chania, Elounda and many other parts of the island as well.
The program is a part of the documentary series titled “Greek Islands,” undertaken by the German TV channel, which will promote Greece all over Europe.
Germany and France have already planned screenings of the films, but several more countries interested in the documentaries may include the “Greek Islands” series as part of their TV programs.